Backyard Birds In Mississippi (27 Species With Pictures)

A wide range of wild birds may be found in Mississippi. We’ll examine several of the most well-known Mississippi birds, as well as those that may be frequently seen in backyards, in this article. Several of the species are migratory, only spending part of the year in Mississippi. So, let’s go on a adventure to

Mississippi and learn a little about each of the 27 backyard birds.

After that, I’ll show you how to entice birds to your yard, give you an crash education on the 10 types of bird feeders that may be utilized to do so, and perhaps recommend a few birdwatching hotspots and clubs in Mississippi.

How many different species of wild birds are in Mississippi?

It’s hard to say exactly how many species of birds live in North America, the United States, or even Mississippi. Yet, the official state list currently includes 426 species, according to Wikipedia as of 2018.

According to one source, North America is home to 2,059 species; according to another, just 914. So, I’m not sure how much confidence I have in these statistics, but they do provide us with a rough estimate of the number of species.

We’re just going to focus on a few of our favorite backyard animals found in Mississippi for the purposes of this article.


In Mississippi, there are 27 different species of backyard birds, some of which are permanent residents and others that aren’t. These are just a few of the more notable and identifiable Mississippi backyard birds, many of which you may observe at your bird feeders, but they are some of the more well-known and recognized. Let’s get started!


Scientific nameCardinalis cardinalis

Length: 8.3-9.1 in

Weight: 1.5-1.7 oz

Wingspan: 9.8-12.2 in

The Northern Cardinals are one of North America’s most well-known and widely seen backyard birds. Femen have duller hues and are more pale brown with some reddish tinting, whereas males have vivid red feathers and a black mask. The “mohawks” and reddish orange beaks of both sexes are instantly recognized.

Most seed feeders will be visited by the Cardinals, who will provide them with mixed seed blends and black sunflower seeds.


Scientific nameBaeolophus bicolor

Length: 5.5-6.3 in

Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-10.2 in

In their range, these tiny birds are seen at feeders and in backyards. They, like Cardinals, have a tiny mohawk on their heads that helps distinguish them from other birds. Titmice have a black patch just above their beaks and are silver-gray on top and lighter on the bottom.

Year-round, the Tufted Titmouse may be found in Mississippi.

Most seed feeders will be visited by titmice, who will offer them a variety of seed mixtures as well as black sunflower seeds.


Scientific namePoecile carolinensis

Length: 3.9-4.7 in

Weight: 0.3-0.4 oz

Wingspan: 5.9-7.9 in

Because of their black cap and black bib, chickadees are small little birds that are easy to identify. Their underbodies are puffy and light, and their cheeks are solid white. Their wings and backs are gray.

In Mississippi, Carolina chickadees are a frequent backyard bird. They’re often spotted darting back and forth from a feeder to cover and uncover for more food, which they do on a regular basis. When I SEE new feeders in my yard, chickadees are usually among the first birds I see. Because of their size, people often consider them to be daring and curious.

Throughout the year, Mississippi is home to Carolina chickadees.


Scientific nameCyanocitta cristata

Length: 9.8-11.8 in

Weight: 2.5-3.5 oz

Wingspan: 13.4-16.9 in

In North America and the United States, another highly recognized bird species is the American Robin. The blue jay is the bird in question. Their back and belly are covered in white feathers, while their crown and head are covered in blue feathers. They have black stripes on their wings and tail. A black ring, which resembles a necklace, also surrounds their necks. They frequently alert all the birds in the area of a predator like a hawk, and they have a number of loud, metallic-sounding calls.

Another year-round resident of Mississippi is the Blue Jays.

Platform feeders, peanut feeders, and feeders with large perches are favorite foods of the Blue Jays. Black sunflower seeds, mixed seeds, and peanuts should be offered to them.


Scientific nameSialia sialis

Length: 6.3-8.3 in

Weight: 1.0-1.1 oz

Wingspan: 9.8-12.6 in

Bluebirds have a royal blue head with a rusty reddish-orange breast and white belly, as their name suggests. The colors of females and males are similar, although the females’ colors, in particular the blue ones, seem duller and more faded. They are, without a doubt, the most coveted birds in the United States. The bluebird house business is booming as a result of this. They’re fairly frequent in backyards, although not as common at feeders. I was able to attract a mating pair with this birdhouse, which I installed on Amazon.

Bluebirds do migrate across sections of North America, but not Mississippi. Year-round, you may see the Eastern Bluebird.

Feeders with mealworms on a tray feeder or in a dish are frequently used to tempt bluebirds to visit.


Scientific nameToxostoma rufum

Length: 9.1-11.8 in

Weight: 2.1-3.1 oz

Wingspan: 11.4-12.6 in

With a heavily streaked breast and belly, the brown thrasher is a warm brown. A yellow eye and a robust black beak Because of the way they thrash through fallen leaves looking for bugs, I assume they’re called thrashers. Don’t quote me on that. Brown thrashers are renowned for having over 1100 different songs, including those of other bird species. They are skilled songbirds.

Any time of year, Mississippi’s brown thrasher can be found.

Bird feeders are not a common sight for Brown Thrashers, although they may pick up seeds on the ground. They hunt for insects by digging up leaves and sticks.


Scientific nameTurdus migratorius

Length: 7.9-11.0 in

Weight: 2.7-3.0 oz

Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in

Robins are widely seen hopping around the grass, searching for worms and other invertebrates to eat, and are particularly common in backyards. They don’t usually eat seeds, but they’ll stop by bird feeders on occasion. They’re easy to spot because of their bright crimson bellies and yellow beaks. During the winter, they retreat to the woods and don’t return until spring in many places. They seem to be leaving the state, but in most situations, they stay through the winter. This gives the appearance of leaving.

Throughout the year, robins may be found across Mississippi.

Attract birds to your feeder with meal worms, native fruit-bearing plants, or a bird bath since American Robins are seldom seen.


Scientific nameZenaida macroura

Length: 9.1-13.4 in

Weight: 3.0-6.0 oz

Wingspan: 17.7 in

Doves, which are approximately the size of a robin, may often be seen perched on telephone wires or in groups in trees throughout the backyards. They’re frequently seen walking around on the ground, but I’ve noticed them on my tray feeder on occasion. The majority of mourning doves are gray, with pink legs and a pale peachy color below.

All year long, throughout the state of Mississippi, mourning doves may be found.

Seed feeders are frequently visited by doves, although they prefer to scour the ground for rogue seeds. Try scattering seeds on the ground or using a ground feeder with a mixed seed blend.


Scientific nameSturnus vulgaris

Length: 7.9-9.1 in

Weight: 2.1-3.4 oz

Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in

Around the 1890s, 100 starlings were released in New York, and they have since spread across the United States. They will overrun feeders and demolish other birds’ nests, slaughtering their young, and they will overtake you as you put out food for other birds. They have yellow beaks and feet and are mostly dark with white specks on their backs and wings. In the right light, starlings might also be extremely lovely, appearing purple and green iridescent.

Unfortunately, this invasive species may be found in every state throughout the year, including Mississippi.

Anything is eatable by European Starlings. We recommend that you do not try to attract them since they are an invasive species and will anyway appear.


Scientific nameSpinus tristis

Length: 4.3-5.1 in

Weight: 0.4-0.7 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in

When the bright yellow feathers of goldfinches are present in the spring and summer, they are among my favorite birds to see at feeders. Males have a black cap on top of their heads during this time, and females are yellow or “gold” with black-tipped wings. Their bright yellow color will fade to a more dull brownish or olive tone during the winter, when they molt. The black on their wings and finch-like beaks will always identify them no matter what time of year it is.

Throughout the year, goldfinches may be found throughout Mississippi’s northern half, but only during the winter in the state’s southern half.

Thistle feeders are preferred by goldfinches, while sunflower chips are consumed if they are available.


Scientific nameThryothorus ludovicianus

Length: 4.7-5.5 in

Weight: 0.6-0.8 oz

Wingspan: 11.4 in

The upperparts of these little birds are reddish-brown, while the underparts are lighter orangish. Good identifiers include their long, somewhat bent beak and strong white “eyebrow. They prefer to hide in the bushes and are therefore difficult to see, however their shrill “teakettle-teakettle” call is unmistakable.

Every day of the year, Carolina wrens may be found across Mississippi and the southern United States.

The Carolina Wren is a frequent visitor to suet feeders and may be seen in backyards.


Scientific namePasser domesticus

Length: 5.9-6.7 in

Weight: 0.9-1.1 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-9.8 in

Houses Sparrows are the only other wild bird species in the United States, and they are generally regarded as pests. You may legally capture and humanely destroy starlings, as well. They, like starlings, were first brought to New York in the 1800s and have since spread like wildfire across the United States. Their wings and buffy chest are streaked with black and brown, and they are generally brown in hue. Other birds, particularly those near nests, are frequently attacked.

All year, Mississippi is home to House Sparrows.

House Sparrows, like European Starlings, are invasive and pose a danger to native species. Almost anything goes down their throats.


Scientific namePipilo erythrophthalmus

Length: 6.8-8.2 in

Weight: 1.1-1.8 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-11.0 in

The Eastern Towhee is a delightful little outdoor bird that is always a delight to observe. The head and back of both sexes are black, with white wing patches, orange sides, and a white belly. Male skin is black, while female skin is brown. During spring and summer, they have a gorgeous song that has a typical woodland sound. Towhees look for insects, seeds, and berries by sorting through leaf litter and vegetation. Leave some brushy edges and leaf litter along your yard line to give towhees a greater chance of coming to your yard.

Mississippi is home to the eastern Towhees all year.

In my experience, Eastern Towhees do not frequentately eat from birdfeeders, but they do frequently hop around the ground beneath my feeders. In a sense, towhees may be attracted to bird feeders.


Scientific nameMolothrus ater

Length: 7.5 – 8.7 in

Weight: 1.5 – 1.8 oz

Wingspan: 12.6 – 15.0 in

Because of the color of the males, brown-headed cowbirds are often classified as blackbirds, and they may mob your feeders if they are in large flocks (sometimes mixed with actual blackbirds). The body of a male is iridescent black, while the head is dark brown. Females have a lighter brown color all over.

Cowbirds, on the other hand, lay their eggs in the nests of other birds, depleting the population of that species. They may occasionally sneak one egg into the nest among the others, or they may kick other eggs out to make room for their own. The imposter egg is not recognized by many birds, and the youngster will be reared as their own.

Throughout Mississippi, you may see wild turkeys at any time of year.

Feeders are attractive to brown-headed cowbirds, who may be seen in groups. Mixed seed is devoured by them in nearly every form.


Scientific nameAgelaius phoeniceus

Length: 6.7-9.1 in

Weight: 1.1-2.7 oz

Wingspan: 12.2-15.8 in

Male Red-winged Blackbirds are easily recognized due to their crimson and yellow “shoulders,” which contrast with their black bodies, and are among the most common birds in North America. Nonetheless, the females of this species are mostly brown with light streaks and appear very different. Males will mate with up to 15 different females, making them a polygynous species. Sadly, in flocks, they do occasionally appear at feeders and devour seed quickly.

Most types of feeders attract Red-winged Blackbirds, who will eat both seed and suet.


Scientific nameMelanerpes carolinus

Length: 9.4 in

Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz

Wingspan: 13.0-16.5 in

In general, feeders and backyards attract a lot of these medium-sized woodpeckers. You may initially notice the bright red stripe along the back of their heads, despite the fact that they are labeled as “red-bellied.” They feature a simple white break with a pinkish red patch in their belly region that is sometimes concealed. With the white and black barring on their wings, they’re incredibly easy to recognize.

Mississippi is home to all of the red-bellied woodpeckers who spend the year there.

While they may occasionally meals at seed feeders, especially when peanuts are offered, attract Red-bellied Woodpeckers with a suet feeder.


Scientific namePicoides pubescens

Length: 5.5-6.7 in

Weight: 0.7-1.0 oz

Wingspan: 9.8-11.8 in

Feeders are popular among birds such as Downy, which prefer to live in the backyards. They’re one of the first species I notice at a new bird feeder, and they’re the smallest woodpeckers in North America. Their completely pure underbodies, black wings with white dots, black and white striped heads, and a red patch on the back of their skulls (males have no red) are easily recognized. Downy’s are smaller than Hairy Woodpeckers, despite their similar appearance.

Mississippi is home to the Downy Woodpecker throughout the year.

All types of bird feeders attract the Downy Woodpecker. Mixed seed, black sunflower seed, and suet should be offered.


Scientific nameQuiscalus quiscula

Length: 11.0-13.4 in

Weight: 2.6-5.0 oz

Wingspan: 14.2-18.1 in

Grackles are also quite attractive with their iridescent feathers, despite the fact that they belong to the bully bird family like the starling does. They’re frequently dark in hue, although blue, green, brown, and purple hues may be visible in the right light. They may roost with different kinds of blackbirds and fly in enormous flocks of millions of birds. Their solid coloring, thin shape, and yellow ringed eye make them easy to distinguish.

Every year, Grackles may be found in all of Mississippi’s counties.

Grackles are considered pests because they forage and eat practically anything.


Scientific nameHirundo rustica

Length: 5.9-7.5 in

Weight: 0.6-0.7 oz

Wingspan: 11.4-12.6 in

Birds in the open field, such as barn swallows. The back of these vividly coloured birds is dark blue, and the eyes are orange. The neck is orange on these bright birds. Their breasts and bellies range in color from light tawny to vibrant orange. Their long, heavily forked tail is one of their hallmarks. They’re excellent flyers that swoop and cruise through water, fields, farms, and meadows, capturing insects. Cup-shaped nests, which are often found in the eaves of barns, gazebos, covered pavilions, and under bridges, are made out of mud and grass.

The US is where barn swallows go. Throughout the spring and summer, they can be found breeding all over Mississippi.

Barn Swallows will not come to a bird feeder because they eat flying insects. If you have a barn, outbuilding, or gazebo, you might try to attract them by placing up a nestbox.


Scientific nameMimus polyglottos

Length: 8.3-10.2 in

Weight: 1.6-2.0 oz

Wingspan: 12.2-13.8 in

Mississippi’s state bird, the mockingbird, is named for its ability to imitate the songs of other birds. A male mockingbird may remember up to 200 different songs throughout its lifetime, according to estimates. The tail feathers of these medium-sized backyard birds are rather long, and they are mostly gray and white in color. They typically reside in tall bushes, and they may be quite aggressive toward invading birds.

Every year, Northern Mockingbirds may be found in Mississippi.

Backyards are home to a lot of Northern Mockingbirds, but bird feeders aren’t high on their list. Using some of the other suggestions below, such as fruit-bearing bushes or a bird bath, entice them to your yard.


Scientific nameZonotrichia albicollis

Length: 6.3-7.1 in

Weight: 0.8-1.1 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-9.1 in

Much of the United States is home to white-throated sparrows. They migrate to Canada in the summer to breed during the winter. Their bold facial pattern of black and white stripes with yellow dots between the eyes makes them easier to identify among sparrows, as does their white throat patch. Females prefer to nest in hidden places of dense brush and vegetation, often on or just above the ground.

Throughout Mississippi, white-throated sparrows may be found year-round, but only during the winter.

Feeders are visited by white-throated sparrows, who like to collect spilled seed. Sunflower, millet, and mixed seed blends are available.


Scientific nameHaemorhous mexicanus

Length: 5.1-5.5 in

Weight: 0.6-0.9 oz

Wingspan: 7.9-9.8 in

In Georgia, the House Finch is another ubiquitous backyard bird. They aren’t as despised as other invasive birds like House Sparrows or European Starlings, despite being invasive to the eastern United States. They often arrive at bird feeders in groups if you attract them, which is quite simple to do. Females are all brown, while males are mostly streaked brown with some red on the head and chest.

Throughout Mississippi, House Finches can be found year round.

House Finches, like other finches, are fond of thistle seed. They’re more common at seed feeders than Goldfinches, so try offering them some black sunflower seeds.


Scientific nameSetophaga pinus

Length: 5.1-5.5 in

Weight: 0.3-0.5 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-9.1 in

The breasts of Pine Warblers are yellow, with two white wingbars on each wing. Females and immatures may have a more olive or brown coloration, but males can seem brighter. They are named after the species of tree in which they spend most of their time, hunting for insects and eating the majority of their food. One of the few warblers that eats seeds and visits bird feeders is the pine warbler, which is one of the few.

Throughout the year, Pine Warblers may be found across most of the state, however they are more frequent along the far western Mississippi border during winter.

Seed feeders, offering sunflower, peanuts, and millet, are visited by pine warblers as well as suet feeders.


Scientific namePasserina cyanea

Length: 4.7-5.1 in

Weight: 0.4-0.6 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-8.7 in

These lovely buntings fly south from their wintering grounds in Mexico and Florida during the night. Males are brilliant blue all over with some black on their wings, while females are mostly brown with just hints of blue. The way their feathers reflect light, rather than blue pigment, is what gives them this color. Summer is a good time to hear them singing in the fields and woods’ edges.

During the summer, Indigo Buntings can only be found in Mississippi.

They may visit you if you provide mixed seed and nyjer, although not as often as feeders do.


Scientific nameMelanerpes erythrocephalus

Length: 7.5-9.1 in

Weight: 2.0-3.2 oz

Wingspan: 16.5 in

The bright color-blocked pattern of a red head and solid black and white body makes it difficult to mistake an adult red-headed woodpecker for anything else. They have a little yellow patch on their white belly that is frequently concealed. With a mottled body, white and black striped wings, and a brown head with a tiny red cheek patch, juveniles look rather unusual. They eat insects and big nuts like acorns, beechnuts, and pecans, as well as fruit, less often than other woodpeckers.

Mississippi is home to the red-headed woodpecker all year.

These woodpeckers may be attracted to a suet feeder during the winter. If you provide sunflower chips, peanuts, and corn, they may come to see how a platform feeder works.


Scientific nameCorvus brachyrhynchos

Length: 15.8-20.9 in

Weight: 11.2-21.9 oz

Wingspan: 33.5-39.4 in

The color of American Crows is solid black, and they are quite big. They’re also recognized for their problem-solving abilities, much like their cousin the raven. Crows will gather in large numbers to roost higher up in the tree tops, giving them a birds-eye view of everything below. The roost will yell out and notify everyone present that danger is nearby if an owl or hawk shows up.

All year long, crows may be found across Mississippi.

Crows are too big to feed on bird seed, so they are mostly omnivorous.


Scientific nameSetophaga coronata

Length: 4.7-5.5 in

Weight: 0.4-0.5 oz

Wingspan: 7.5-9.1 in

The Yellow-rumped warbler’s color scheme varies depending on where it lives. The Myrtle variety is the most common in Mississippi. Males have a black mask, white eyebrows, and a bright yellow crown on the top of the head, sides, and above their tail. They are streaked black and gray. Females are lighter in color and more tan than gray, but they have the same color pattern. The black face mask and yellow on their heads are also missing. Their colors will be the most vivid and vivid in the spring, but they’ll fade dramatically over the winter, as do those of other warblers.

Only during the winter months in Mississippi can you find these warblers.

Bird feeders are visited by Yellow-rumped Warblers on occasion. Sunflower seeds, suet, and raisins are all good options for attracting them.


Want to attract some of these birds to your garden? Starting with the most basic, take a look at these 5 easy tricks.


Placing out a bird feeder or two is the best and most obvious way to attract birds to your yard. I recommend a window feeder or a basic tube feeder as the first step. For each, you’ll find ideas below.


You may use something as basic as a terra cotta flower pot saucer, such as the one shown on Amazon, or you may use a pedestal birdbath like this one. Birds need water not only to swim in, but also to drink, so adding a water feature to your yard would make it easier for them to visit. Remember to add a solar fountain since flowing water will undoubtedly attract the birds to come even more.


Birdhouses should be placed in the proper location and at the proper time of year for many species of birds to take up residence. Among the most popular birds sought after for birdhouses are Eastern Bluebirds. A mating pair of bluebirds investigated my birdhouse the same day I put it in, and I’ve got it in my backyard.


When the birds sense danger, make certain that your yard has trees, shrubs, and bushes that they can dart back and forth to. Their primary defense against predators is this. Try to incorporate some landscaping elements that will allow birds to see your yard as safe if your yard is in a new development with no mature trees.


Having native plants that provide nuts, berries, and seeds will simply help your efforts to attract more birds for many birds that eat them. Moreover, since most songbirds feed insects to their hatchlings, native plants support caterpillars and other insects that feed many birds and support nesting birds. Out-compete native plants that support a healthy ecosystem, avoid invasive and non-native plants.


The most popular bird feeders that people put up in their yards are shown here.

  1. Hopper feeders are known as “hopper feeders” because they house a hopper that holds the bird seed in the centre. Birds may land on and consume from the perches that stand on both sides. To keep the seed dry, many hopper feeders are shaped like a house and covered on top. For this type of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a combination of birdseed. Here’s a squirrel-proof hopper feeder that I like.
  2. Platform feeders are open on top and may be slung from a tree or hook, or pole-mounted. They are also known as tray feeders. They’re simple to set up and ideal for feeding most bird species. Every animal in your yard that can reach them will eat from them, despite the fact that they are completely open. For this type of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or mixed birdseed. In my garden right now, I’m using a platform feeder.
  3. Tube feeders are simply clear plastic tube-shaped bird feeders that come in a variety of styles. They may hold a few cups of seed or up to 5 pounds of seed. These are fantastic since they keep your seed viable and dry while enabling you to top it up whenever necessary. Tube feeders are used by many kinds of birds. In tube feeders, you can use black sunflower seeds as well as mixed seeds. This squirrel-proof tube feeder is made by Squirrel Buster, and it’s one of their best models.
  4. Suet feeders are used to feed one kind of bird food, suet cakes. They’re a basic idea, typically constructed of just a metal wire cage with a tail-prop for bigger birds. Suet feeders are popular during the winter, especially when woodpeckers are visiting since they are looking for high-fat foods. I recommend using a suet feeder with a long tail to attract larger woodpeckers, such as the Pileated and Northern Flicker.
  5. Window feeders are little bird feeders that use suction cups to fasten onto a glass window. They’re open on top and you pour seed into the tray area to replenish them, similar to tray feeders. These feeders are fantastic for anybody who don’t have large yards, and many different species of birds like them. They’re simple to get started with. For this type of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a combination of birdseed. This is, without a doubt, the most popular window feeder on Amazon, and maybe in all of Amazon.
  6. Thistle feeders, sometimes known as Nyjer feeders, are specialized bird feeders designed for thistle seed. Birds in the finch family, which includes the American Goldfinch and House Finch, are among the most common types of birds that thistle feeders attract. Thistle feeders have small holes along the tube’s sides, which allow birds to pick thistle from the feeder. They’re often in a tube shape. Droll Yankees has a great thistle feeder.
  7. Ground feeders are tray feeders that sit on the ground surface. Birds like Mourning Doves and Juncos, as well as squirrels, raccoons, and other ground animals, will love them. For this kind of feeder, use black sunflower seeds or a mix of birdseed. This recycled plastic ground feeder is sure to appeal to you.
  8. Another kind of specialty feeder for just one kind of bird, orioles, is the Oriole feeder. Little plastic or glass dishes designed for holding jelly, which orioles adore, are frequently used with the feeder itself being orange in color. Another food that orioles enjoy is orange halves, which you can place onto the feeder. Here’s an easy oriole feeder that holds four jelly trays and can be used to feed orange halves.
  9. Hummingbird feeders, also known as hummingbird feeders, are created to extract sugar water from hummingbirds. I frequently see Downy Woodpeckers at mine, even though they are intended for hummingbirds, and they love that sweet nectar as much as I do. Learn how to make hummingbird nectar without boiling the water in this article. There’s no need to spend a lot of money on a hummingbird feeder since they are so simple and economical.
  10. Peanut feeders are tube-shaped and often made of metal wire mesh material, similar to thistle feeders. To allow for whole unshelled or shelled peanuts to pass through the holes, the holes in the wire mesh are only a tiny bit farther apart. These should be filled with peanuts and attract birds like Blue Jays. This Squirrel Buster squirrel repellent is your best option if you want to keep squirrels out of your peanut feeder. The trick will be to use this simple one instead.

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